Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Raptors, November 6, 2019

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R is for Raptors - birds of prey

Buteo (but I am not sure what kind), Saltillo, Mississippi, USA, October 2, 2019
The term raptor is derived from the Latin rapio, meaning to seize or take by force. Birds that are raptors have keen eyesight for locating their prey, strong feet with talons for gripping and killing, and powerful curved beaks for tearing flesh. Most raptors hunt and kill their prey (small animals), resorting to eating carrion (already dead animals) only when live ones are scarce.

Raptors include Eagles, Ospreys, Kites, True Hawks (Accipiter), American Hawks (Buteo, called Buzzards in Europe), Harriers, Falcons, Merlins, Owls, Caracaras, and Vultures (carrion-eating raptors).

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  1. I met a fellow years ago, and ironically ran into him again recently, who had an entire career studying worms. He contends that robins are raptors!

  2. This is a good shot and raptors are fascinating birds.

  3. Raptors are beautiful and a bit scary.

  4. Such a strong looking bird and very alert!

  5. That guy is standing tall---looking for lunch I guess

  6. What a majestic bird! This is a stunning image.

    Your post on 'My Corner of the World' is great to see this week!

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